Iâ€™m writing this column three days before the official launch of the Apple iPhone, so Iâ€™ve never had one in my hand. But I have to say, it looks like a fascinating piece of engineering. If the iPhone performs anything like it does on the commercials or video demos, I feel we are witnessing the start of a new era in engineering, one where software dominates the design to a much greater extent than it does today.
Actually, Iâ€™m not convinced yet that the iPhone will work nearly as well as it does in the TV ads. I donâ€™t think anyone knows for sure which processor is being used in the iPhone, but itâ€™s not an Intel Core Duo. So which of the low-power processors has the computing power to make the iPhone rock? Weâ€™ll have to wait for the inevitable teardown to find out for sure.
If the iPhone does work as advertised, what does that say about multimedia phone/PDA interfaces? Iâ€™ve been working with Windows Mobile 5 for several months, but now it seems antiquated compared to the iPhoneâ€™s OS X. Can it be that Apple has leapt so far ahead in the OS/browser wars in the mobile space?
Iâ€™m also wondering about the display. Will it be easy to view and work with in bright sunlight? I have found that the Motorola Q, for example, is unreadable on a bright day, even though some reviewers said that you could view the Qâ€™s screen in direct sunlight.
As for multimedia on the iPhone, Apple calls it the best iPod yet. Thatâ€™s a bold statement for a device like this. Ask anyone with a multimedia phone how the music experience compares to the iPod and I think youâ€™ll get a thumbs down for the most part. But you have believe the iPhone will be rockinâ€™ on this front.
Finally, the Internet experience as shown in the iPhone commercials looks awesomeâ€”no need to visit watered down mobile sites, standard ones will do.
Can all this be true? Weâ€™ll find out eventually. In the meantime, congratulations to Apple for a truly impressive and innovative design.
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